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Carega Gallery hostin exhibit of new drawings by Valerie Vermeulen

CENTER SANDWICH — The Patricia Ladd Carega gallery will hold an opening reception of Valerie Vermeulen's exhibit, "New Drawings" on September 12 .from 5 to 7 p.m.

A resident of Holderness, Vermelen is a full time painter, photographer and fiber artist. The Drawings, made in pastel, ink, crayon and watercolor, are abstract images inspired by the natural beauty of the Lakes Region. A mark maker and minimalist, Vermeulen's color and line pull and push our eyes to different levels of depth in each piece.

Vermeulen writes in her artist's statement: "My work is intuitive. Color, abstraction, line, shape and minimalism are always part of my process regardless of genre. My compositions are absolutely inspired by my love for natural beauty and the beauty which lives inside of me – The silent landscape of rural, Northern New England is endlessly inspiring to me. A visual moment, I hope the work speaks for itself. I hope my work engages the viewer in the pleasures of seeing, and the importance of what seeing is to our human nature."

Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery is located at 69 Maple Street in Center Sandwich. Gallery hours are from 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 on Sunday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 06:24

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Belknap Valor Quilt

Martha Pouliot, NH coordinator of Quilts of Valor Foundation, was presented with a quilt made by eleven members of the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild. The donation was made at  Woodside craft room of the Taylor Home where they generally meet the first and third Wednesday of the month. Shown are, standing, Kathleen Higgins, Jean Vaillancourt, Linda McCloskey, Judy Sigsworth, Sue Richardson, Sharon Messmore, and Anne Marie Coviello. Seated is Martha Pouliot, NH Coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation, Diane Orlowski who did the quilting, and Cindy Brown. Not present were Sally Clark and Margaret O'Brien. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 06:20

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Prescott Farm hosting 6th annual harvest festival

LACONIA — Prescott Farm will host its 6th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 19th from 10-3 pm.

There will be a variety of festivities including; horse drawn hayrides, face painting, petting farm, music, games, food and more. Admission is free.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond. Prescott Farm's 3-mile trail system is open to the public for free daily from dawn to dusk.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 06:07

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Parenting classes starting up at Family Resource Center

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire is offering a wide variety of parenting programs this fall for parents of children of all ages.

Most classes are held in the early evenings and are offered free of charge, with free dinner and childcare available on-site each evening for families in attendance. Advance registration is requested for each program as space is limited. Assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval. The classes take place at the center's building at 719 North Main St.

Parenting classes beginning in September include:

— Active Parenting of Teens (six weeks, beginning Sept. 15) offers parents the guidance and support needed to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities for growth, covering topics such as respectful discipline, clear, honest communication, preventing risky behavior and bullying.

— Tenant 101 (four weeks, beginning Sept. 17) helping families navigate housing challenges by educating them on how to evaluate potential apartments as well as how to successfully budget, apply and interview for a rental property. This class also supports individuals in overcoming negative landlord references and learn to be the best tenant they can be.

— Cooperative Co-Parenting (four weeks, beginning Sept. 29) for non-married, separated, or divorced parents and caregivers raising children together from separate households, covers topics such as positive communication, reducing and resolving conflict, and negotiating agreements.

Those interested in attending a class should call Tricia Tousignant at the Family Resource Center, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or visit the center's website at www.lrcs.org to review the Schedule of Current Parent Education Programs on the Family Resource Center page. Attendance certificates will be provided at all parenting programs sponsored by LRCS' Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire.

For hundreds of families living in the Lakes Region each year, the Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, a program of LRCS, offers respectful, non-judgmental education, early intervention, and support to assist families in their efforts to meet needs, make positive connections, and prepare children for success today and tomorrow because the Family Resource Center believes strong families lead to strong communities.

Lakes Region Community Services serves families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-524-8811 or visit www.lrcs.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 06:03

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